Billie Burke

  • American actress
  • Born August 7, 1885
  • Died May 14, 1970

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939). Burke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper film series.

There is no reason why marriage should necessarily compel an actress to forego her career.

I think when an actress marries she should leave the stage. She cannot be happy if she is married and remains on the stage. She must care more for her art or for her husband.

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.

An actress who has the gift of swaying the emotions of an audience, of compelling tribute of tears, or of moving the public to joyous merriment, cannot always be satisfied to set aside her whole career, in the work that she loves, simply because she is married.

If I ever loved a man better than I love my art, I should marry him and leave the stage. But I have never met such a man.

A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.

But if people will laugh at my work and keep a sound roof over my head, who am I to complain?